Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law a horribly written bill that would allow police to stop and question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Now in the past they could only verify your status if you were, say, pulled over or otherwise being questioned. This new bill lets them, in theory, stop someone just walking along the street and say, essentially, “Your papers, please.”
To say this is bad bill is to grossly understate things. It’s also a bill that’s not going to make it through the Supreme Court, who will throw it out for the piece of garbage that it is. In the process, Arizona is going to spend millions of dollars we don’t have trying to enforce and defend this law.
Illegal immigration is a very complex and sometimes messy issue. I’ve written about it before, and still stand by everything I said in my article. We need to find a real way to keep people from coming here illegally, do something positive about those already here, and expand the numbers we allow to come in legally. Cute little stunts like this one do nothing to help the situation, and I look forward to the day this law is crushed.